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Diet and nutrition / Adjustment Phase? weird symptoms
« on: August 26, 2011, 04:15:35 AM »
Can someone please tell me again the adjustment phase times from experience/ research? I'm just trying to motivate myself. I have been on the diet a week now (strict - no more than one serving of fruit a day, no dried fruit, no nuts - my food diary is posted under journals if anyone cares to look.) So far I haven't lost any weight - I'm fine with that  - I'm not into losing a ton immediately. But my face has gotten puffy - especially under my eyes, I look like I've been drinking all night. Secondly - horrible constipation which is opposite to what everyone else seems to be experiencing. Third - I had to carry about 70 pounds of gear two blocks the other day and when I was done I had bruises (literally - huge red and purple bruises) on the arms that were in contact with the straps of my duffle. That wouldn't have happened a week ago. I also have not seen any increase in energy and my muscles seem to ache longer after workouts than previously.

Is there something I should be doing differently? Do I just need to hang on another week or so and see what happens? I have noticed some improvements - most importantly I do not crave carbs which is amazing. Should I cut out the eggs since I have known inflammation problems? I love eggs, they're so versatile.

Introductions / Hey
« on: August 19, 2011, 05:52:06 AM »
Thought I'd step in and say hi.  31yo female here, living in the Rocky Mountain region of the US.  5'6", 145 lbs and dealing with burgeoning celiac and Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis and less than stellar bloodwork (all detailed in my food journal thread). 

I think paleo is awesome and Robb Wolf's book sucked me in and now I never want to look back. I have been struggling with my weight my entire life and now that I feel I am at a better weight, my health is deteriorating rapidly - I never feel healthy. I know I have a serious carb addiction and I don't digest carbs well - I was looking into things like fructose malabsorption, sugar intolerance, etc before I found paleo and it seems like the perfect answer. Looking forward to making this a lifestyle so I can stop worrying about what I am eating and start thinking about more important things.

Exercises / Pre-workout snack
« on: August 19, 2011, 05:47:31 AM »
I workout 5-6x a week.  3x a week is going to be with my ROTC batallion (starting next week). I have a feeling these workouts might start out a little on the wussy side until we get the new cadets up to speed and then increase in intensity. The other 2-3x will be weight lifting/some calisthenics like jump rope/push ups and sit ups on my own. 

I know its good to work out on an empty stomach - here's the kicker though - my workouts are at 6am. I have a 19 month old toddler that I am still breastfeeding and since I started her in daycare she wants to nurse all night long. (About 4-6 times and sometimes more.) So my body is not in a metabolic shutdown while I sleep. I am still burning calories and hard at work producing milk (even while I'm asleep). Therefore, I'm usually pretty hungry when I wake up. What would be a good, really easy and quick workout snack that won't be heavy enough to affect my training but just enough to take the edge of my hunger?


Food Journals / Mountaingal's accountability thread
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:12:39 PM »
New to this WOE but sold from the get-go. I have been reading Robb Wolf's book and love it. As an evolutionary student and nursing student - this makes so much sense to me. Add to that the fact that I have been failing repeatedly on what the government terms "healthy" and I think its time for a change.

Stats - 31yo female (still breastfeeding my 19 month old) - ROTC student so I crosstrain (mixture of crossfit, P90x and same old cardio) 5-6x a week. I am 5'6" - 145 lbs.  I am also hypothyroid and have Hashimoto's (autoimmune disorder of the thyroid). Add to that, I just found out I have a wheat allergy which I've never had before - I am convinced it is the beginning of or actually full blown Celiac's but I'm hesitant to get more tests because a definitive diagnosis could blow my military career. I'd rather cure this on my own - with one autoimmune disease I am at serious risk for getting another. My family (all of them) are hypertensive, obese and diabetic. 19 months ago I weighed 225 lbs, what I am searching for now is the health that is supposed to come with dramatic weight loss.

I have two challenges to overcome with paleo - a very tight budget (about $400 a month for myself, my 8 year old son and my 19 month old daughter). The second challenge is that I am seriously addicted to carbs - it is like crack to me and that is no lie. I have tried so many times to cut out carbs and they call me back. I have done it before however  - I was a raw vegan for 30 days - if I can do that, I can do this. It helps to have a plan as always so I will lay out a menu plan after I detail my recent (fasting) bloodwork.

Total Cholesterol - 180
HDL - 55
LDL - 113
Triglycerides - 59
Glucose - 84
Hba1c - 4.9%
TSH (on 88mcg of synthroid) - .714
Vit D (included because its low) - 27.9

Not too bad if I were a 58 year old woman but I'm only 31 so these numbers spell trouble brewing in carbland.

And here's my plan (starting tomorrow morning) - BTW, this weekend is subject to change, I had originally planned to start on Monday but I really need to do this now.

Bf - egg/spinach "frittata" and sausage
Lunch - out with mom - Chipotle - meat,vegs, guac
dinner - Chicken soup (crockpot)
snack - raw vegs / apple

Bf - eggs and sausage
lunch - leftover soup
dinner - leftover soup
snack - sardines, raw vegs

bf - eggs and sausage
lunch - mackeral and vegs / salad greens
dinner - hamburger and vegs
snack - 2 oz nuts

Bf - Egg Fritatta (crustless, dairyless quiche with lots of veggies - grab and go morning)
lunch - zucchini pasta with lots of meat sauce
dinner - collard wrapped tilapia with vegs
snack - homemade jerky, raw vegs with spinach/avocado dip

Bf - sausage sauteed with spinach and sprinkled with walnuts
lunch - leftovers
dinner - curry veggies with salmon
snack - jerky, raw vegs, orange

bf - egg frittatta (grab and go day)
lunch - leftovers
dinner - sausage and cabbage
snack - same as other days

bf - egg frittata (grab and go day)
lunch - leftovers
dinner - chicken legs, roasted root vegetables
snack - same

bf - chicken apple hash
lunch - leftovers
dinner - beef and acorn squash stew, vegs
snack - same

This menu may look sparse but the portions will be hearty and healthy fats will be incorporated into all the recipes. What's driving my menu more than anything right now is cost. I have to make do with what I can. I actually spent a couple hours today riding my bike to all the grocery stores in town (there are 3) and writing down costs of foods that I will eat most often. Wal-Mart seems to be the price leader which is unfortunate because I don't really like to encourage them but it can't be helped at this point. Grass fed is not an option right now but will be in the future. As for my kids - my son will eat paleo with me at night and I'll slowly fold him in to the other meals. My daughter who has struggled with allergies and eczema since birth - I really want her to be full on paleo. I am waiting to approve a dairy free/ wheat free menu at her school and see if that's the compromise I can make for her right now since she eats two meals and two snacks there and its included in my cost.

Sorry if this is a total rant, I really don't expect anyone to read this - its more to keep me accountable and on track which I need until I get past the beginning / cravings stage and can focus more clearly on really turning my life around and embracing all the changes I hope to see (less moodiness, better digestion, more satiety after eating, fewer sinus troubles, less (or no) joint pain when I get up to exercise, better sleep, improved mental clarity, more energy, and maybe just maybe some improvement on my thyroid condition.)

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